Category: Fringe

‘Fringe’ recap: God helps those who help themselves

321_lsw_008 Apparently "Fringe" doesn’t want to wait until the end of the season to start giving us huge cliffhangers. Here we are, one more episode to go in the junior year of "Fringe," and they end with a moment that very well could have been what carried us off into the summer. If this is how they’re ending the episode before the finale, I can’t wait to see how they finish Season Three.

I’m getting ahead of myself. 

Last week, Walternate turned on his version of the device in the other universe, and ours switched on as well, wreaking havoc all over New England. Peter tried to climb inside our device to stop it, only to get thrown across the room like a rag doll and ending up in the hospital. Meanwhile, Olivia’s off hunting the mysterious Sam Weiss, possibly the only person who knows what’s going on. All the major players were in position to charge head-first into the finale.

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TV This Week for May 1st – 7th

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Weatherman says a hurricane’s a-comin’, a storm so big it’s gonna make a three-series crossover appearance and wreak rainy havoc on the animated sitcoms “The Cleveland Show,” “Family Guy” and “American Dad.” (Fox, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m.)

NYPD detectives Goren and Eames (Vincent D’Onofrio, Kathryn Erbe) are back on the case as the police procedural “Law & Order: Criminal Intent” returns for its final episodes, followed by the season premiere of the witness-protection drama “In Plain Sight.” (USA, 9 and 10 p.m.)


Old rockers never die, they just fade away … or not. Rick Springfield guest stars on the action-drama “Hawaii Five-0,” and Gene Simmons of KISS fame puts in a cameo on an L.A.-set episode of the mystery-drama “Castle.” (CBS, 10 p.m.; ABC, 10 p.m.)


The age-old conflict between faith and reason is illuminated when Rachel Weisz portrays 4th century philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria in director Alejandro Amenábar’s sweeping 2009 historical drama “Agora.” (TMC, 8 p.m.)


The new documentary special “Custer’s Last Man: I Survived Little Big Horn” tells the tale of the purported sole survivor of that fateful frontier-era encounter between the U.S. cavalry and a combined force of Native American warriors. (History, 9 p.m.)


Two words: Paintball. OK, that’s actually one compound word, but it was also the subject of a singularly epic episode of “Community” last season. The college-themed sitcom tries to top that outing in a two-part sophomore-season finale. (NBC, 8 p.m.) 


The future is uncertain on the season finale of “Fringe” — but not for the show itself, which has been renewed. If you haven’t been watching this super-smart sci-fi drama, spend the summer getting caught up so you’ll be ready when it returns. (Fox, 9 p.m.)


Lights, camera, and lots of action! Michael Cera takes all comers in 2010’s super-fun “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” and Angelina Jolie (above) proves she’s worth her “Salt” in the just-go-with-it 2010 thriller. (HBO, 7 p.m. and midnight; Starz, 9 p.m.)

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‘Fringe’ interview: My lunch with John Noble

Lunch3 When you sit down to speak with John Noble, you almost expect to be having lunch with Walter Bishop. Walter is one of those television characters that almost seems real. Sure, he’s usually pulling giant worms out of people or breaking holes in the universe, but Bishop also struggles with his own frailties, his own mistakes. After watching him every week on "Fringe," you feel like you know him. Like he’s a normal human being. A lot of that has to do with the writing and direction of the show, but even more comes from John Noble himself.

I’ve spoken with Mr. Noble before, but only for phone interviews. Once you get past the Aussie accent, you hear a lot of Walter in the actor that portrays him. They both speak with a calm intelligence, but at the same time they can get caught up in their passion for the subject. Almost to the point of giddiness. 

Yet meeting face to face is quite a different story. Instead of the hunched, insecure scientist wracked with guilt about his past, you get robust, confident John Noble. A man who, even though he was coming off a daunting shooting schedule and flights crisscrossing the globe, warmly sat down with me to talk about the third season of "Fringe" as it comes to a close.

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‘Fringe’ recap: It’s on

6group_office Happy Easter, "Fringe" fans. It’s that time of year when lapsed Christians like myself dig up the Google Map directions to that church we went to for Christmas. Then home for chocolate and ham. 

"Fringe" is here to help get you in the Easter spirit with the most religious episode to date. There’s always been some Christian themes in "Fringe."  Mostly the looming reality that Peter, the son, may have to sacrifice himself for mankind. "6:02 AM EST" also gives a swarm of locusts, shepherds and Walter’s conversation with God. More religion than you can shake a stick at. A stick that will fall to the ground and become a snake.

6:02 AM EST refers to the moment Walternate activated the other universe’s version of the device. With the chromosomes AlterBrandon and Department of Defense scientists over there managed to pull from Fauxlivia and Peter’s child, they’ve started up the machine that will supposedly destroy one universe to save the other. This is what we’ve been building to all through Season Three. The wheels are in motion. Sure they’re taking a little time to get warmed up, but they’re moving.

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‘Fringe’ recap: Drugs. A lot of drugs.

319_lsd_anim-bird I’m starting to worry that it might be time for an intervention on "Fringe."

I’m not one of those sticklers who thinks every depiction of drug use on TV has to be followed with the user ending up penniless on the street, but for a broadcast show, "Fringe" sure has been enjoying the drug use carefree lately.

In the first couple of seasons, Walter would self-medicate occasionally, bringing out major narcotics only in dire situations.

Last year, "Fringe" got a little more lenient. Walter smoked up a little Brown Betty and everyone started singing. Then this year, you get Walter passing a bong with Hurley and now everyone’s dropping LSD. "Fringe," we’re your friends. You might need help.

"Lysergic Acid Diethylamide" is one of those episodes of "Fringe" you are either going to love or hate. I can see why some viewers might hate it. The episode did veer awfully close to "Inception" at times, the animation had the feel of "A Scanner Darkly" done on a PS2, and I’m sure there are dozens of other complaints I can’t think of. "Fringe" went out on a creative limb, and I’m one of those people who loved it.

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'Fringe' Friday: Fox gives you props

319_lsd_073It feels like it's been forever since we had a new Friday night "Fringe," but our favorite dimension-jumping show returns tonight with the first of three episodes that lead up to the big finale for Season 3. If you had any doubts about it being worth the wait, check out the exclusive picture from tonight's episode. Broyles blowing bubbles? I think we're in for a treat.

Speaking of treats, Fox is handing out a few goodies to the fans of "Fringe."

The future of "Fringe" was highly debated online after Fox moved the show to the Friday night death slot in January, but fears of its cancellation were quelled in March when the network greenlighted the sci-fi series for a fourth season. Now, to thank the viewers who followed "Fringe" to its new home on Friday nights, Fox is giving fans props. Literally.

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‘Fringe’ recap: labor pains

318_bloodline_018 It’s crazy to think that at one point I complained that "Fringe" needed to “get to it faster.” Back in Season One and much of Season Two, the show would only dish out hints at the overarching mythology in each episode. Tiny morsels delicately rationed out. Now "Fringe" rushes through nine months of pregnancy in just a single episode. Why waste time? There are tons of great drama we can’t be waiting around for. 

Fox officially announced it was renewing "Fringe" for a fourth season Friday morning. If you need a reminder of why, all you have to do is watch "Bloodlines." We’re back “over there.” In case you’ve forgotten what’s happening in the red universe, Fauxlivia is pregnant with Peter’s baby, Walternate is putting together the pieces he needs to destroy our universe, and Lincoln has taken over Broyle’s job as the head of Fringe Division. If you had any doubts about the quality of "Fringe," just look at how much life they have brought to the alternate reality. They took these doppelgangers who could have existed as villains and made them just as compelling as the characters in our reality. It’s almost hard to say who the bad guys are.

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Fox renews ‘Fringe’ for Season Four

6Shot_diner_W2.0 The Friday night Death Slot can’t kill "Fringe." Fox announced the dimension-bending sci-fi series will return next year for a fourth season.  

The future of "Fringe" has been in question since Fox pulled it out of the battle for Thursday night and dropped it into Fridays at 9 p.m. -- also known as the Friday night Death Slot since it has led to the cancellation of many Fox sci-fi programs before it. The "Fringe" fan base followed the show’s move, helping "Fringe" fair better in the traditionally smaller Friday night television audience. 

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'Fringe' recap: 'The place where the mysteries of the universe get answered'

317_stowaway_026 “Fringe” is like watching a Sudoku. The puzzles crisscross and connect, and you always have too many 8s. Even Peter describes Walter’s lab as “the place where the mysteries of the universe get answered.” It is the perfect Friday night, figuring out the puzzles among Fringe Division.

“Fringe” should be a team sport. You need one guy who’s keeping track of all the lore (how many experiments have Walter and Bell done on Olivia?). Then there would be a person who’s trying to crack the mystery of the week (why is the Compassionate Soul Vampire showing up at suicides?). Plus there needs to be a team member following the relationships (Peter and Olivia were just at the cutesy phase when her body was hijacked). Oh, and a supernerd to catch all the Easter Eggs (spotting the observer, decode the symbols around the commercials, telling you which episodes of “Lost” Paula Malcomson was in). Putting together a good “Fringe” viewing team is like putting together a good D&D party. That might be the dorkiest sentence I’ve ever written.

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'Fringe' recap: Using balloons to steal bowling balls

316_oz_158 Many people said that when "Fringe" moved to Fridays, it was heading into the feared "death slot." Heck, even "Fringe" said that. But why is Friday considered the last stop on the train to the television afterlife? Is it because everyone goes out on Friday nights? Kicks off their weekends? Maybe has dinner, sees a movie. Who has the money to do that anymore? Times are tough. Better to stay home on Friday nights. "Fringe" is better than any movie you're going to see in the theater right now anyway. 

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'Fringe' quotes

No new episode of "Fringe" on Friday, but to hold you over until next week, the producers have put together a new promo. Only five media outlets got their hands on this early. You can tell why if you pay close attention to the different critics they quote (hint: they save the best for last).

Speaking of "Fringe" and quotations. I thought it would be fun to list a few of my favorite "Fringe" lines of this season:

-- Walter: Aha, the beguiling Olivia Dunham beguiles.

-- Walter: Ummm ... I feel nauseated.
-- Peter: Yeah, this is pretty disgusting, even by our standards.
-- Walter: I'm not talking about the body; I fear I may have broken wind inside my suit.

-- Walter: You're just saying that to see if I'm high.

-- Walter: In the '70s, I innocently wandered in the wrong home and it was three days before I realized my mistake. And unlike Olivia, the woman I was sharing a bed with didn't look like my wife at all.

-- Walter: And I have no idea how to bring our Olivia back. It's all because of that temptress. She tricked my son with her carnal manipulation, and he fell right into her vagenda.

-- Walter (to Peter): Fine, if you end up breaking the universe, this time it's on your head.

-- Peter: With a basement lab at Harvard, Walter was able to open a wormhole into another dimension that essentially shredded all the laws of science. I can't wait to see what he's capable of doing with a multibillion-dollar corporation.

-- Walter: 10th street, I frequented a massage parlor just around the corner. I used to get off right here.
-- Peter: I sure hope you're talking about the station, Walter.

Let me know if there are any great quotations I'm missing.


"Fringe" recap: Inventing a Tulip

"Fringe" recap: Good grief

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'Fringe' recap: Inventing a Tulip

315_6monthslater_040 Last week I criticized “Fringe” for ditching science for emotion. A few of you disagreed in the comments. I understand. It was just going to take more than two old people grieving for each other to sell me on the quantum mechanics of emotions. What would it take to convince me? The best episode of “Fringe” to date?

I probably could have been convinced with a lot less, but if “Fringe” is ready to pull out all the stops, than I’m not complaining.

The big guns are at work here. Show runners J.H. Wyman and Jeff Pinkner wrote “Subject 13” with help from Academy Award winner Akiva Goldsman. And they’re after you right out of the gate. That opening sequence was incredible. We’re back in 1985, a month after Walter snatched Peter from the other universe, and Peter wants to go home -- a home he thinks is at the bottom of Reiden Lake -- and he has the big concrete key to get there. Then, just when Elizabeth Bishop pulls Peter out of the water and you’re breathing heavy, just like they are, cut to the 1980’s “Fringe” intro. (It’s been fun to bounce between the blue and red intros, but the synthesizer intro will always be my favorite).

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